By Kathy Whitaker, The Chicago Times
September 14, 2022
WHEATON, IL – Three individuals have been charged in the robbery at Nordstrom Rack near the Oak Brook Center shopping mall.
According to DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin, 23-year-old Doniesha Chew, of the 800 block of E. 153rd Street, Phoenix, 37-year-old Terrance Reed, of the 6000 block of S. Indiana Avenue, Chicago, and 25-year-old Jaquay Shines, of the 6800 block of S. Throop Street, Chicago, have been charged each with one count of burglary, one count of aggravated assault, one count of criminal damage to government supported property, and three counts of aggravated fleeing and eluding a police officer.
On September 6, 2022, around 2:45 pm, Oak Brook police responded to a report of a retail theft at Nordstrom Rack located at 2155 W. 22nd Street. When police arrived on scene, they immediate flipped on the squad lights and blasted their siren at the suspected vehicle, a Mazda 6, involved in the theft. In response, the Mazda 6 allegedly accelerated head on into the squad car. The Mazda 6 then sped off and travelled west bound on 22nd Street, leading police on a 100-mph chase that ended southbound on I-294 just south of 75th Street. It was later discovered that Chew was allegedly the driver and that the alleged occupants were Reed and Shines. It is alleged that Reed fled the scene on foot leaving Chew and Shines in the vehicle where they were taken into custody.
After a prompt investigation, it was discovered that Chew allegedly brought empty bags into Nordstrom Rack with the intent to steal merchandise with her co-conspirators Reed and Shines. It is alleged that Reed and Shines entered the shoe department and removed four sets of children’s boots from their boxes and placed them inside Chew’s empty bags, and then returned the empty boxes to the shelves. It is further alleged that the trio then left the store together without paying for the merchandise.
“The type of criminal behavior alleged in this case clearly displays the defendants’ complete and utter disregard for the rule of law and for public safety,” Berlin said “The allegations that these three defendants entered a retail store in the middle of the afternoon, stole merchandise and then led authorities on a high-speed chase, will not be tolerated in DuPage County and will be met with the full force of the law. I thank the Oak Brook Police Department for their work on this case and for their continued efforts in keeping our retail establishments safe. I thank the Hinsdale, Burr Ridge, Elmhurst and Hodgkins Police Departments as well as the Illinois State Police for their assistance on this case. I also thank Assistant State’s Attorneys Jaclyn McAndrew and Robert Willis for their work in preparing a strong case against these defendants.”